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Should the State Install High-Speed Tolls on I-93?

Asked about toll fairness during a Patch live chat, Governor Deval Patrick asked a reader whether he'd support high-speed tolls. Are these a good way to share the transportation funding pain, or another money grab?

 

Are high-speed tolls along Interstate 93 and other highways a smart way to help fund transportation in the state? Governor Deval Patrick mentioned such a system during a Patch live chat on Thursday.

If you've gone up Interstate 95 into New Hampshire, you've seen high-speed tolling in action. The system is designed to read your EZ-Pass (new Fast Lane) transponder while you breeze by at 65 miles per hour. There's no need to slow down or squeeze though a booth, as EZ-Pass users currently do on the Mass Pike, Tobin Bridge and harbor tunnels.

The chat moved on to other topics, so no details about implementation were offered.

What do you think? Would tolls along I-93 offer some fairness to riders in Boston, MetroWest and North Shore, who all pay tolls getting into the city? Or are tolls in general a bad way to fund transportation projects in the state? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Earnhardt September 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM
The next thing in the works is a one cent per mile tax on the mileage you drive in a year. To be monitored when you drive in for the yearly inspection. All the info will be sent to the State Database. The money will go to help keep the MBTA afloat. Already being discussed.
Earnhardt September 29, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Going fishing now.. about to land a big one... :) :)
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ September 29, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Install tolls if you want!! I can afford them! You'll see my flying through those tolls in my Maserati baby! woo!!!
Pat Brown October 05, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Doesn't MAP-21 prohibit tolling of interstate highways except in instances of new construction? MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, is the new surface transportation authorization bill which just took effect October 1. It is fair to toll the same on the Mass Pike as on I93 if MAP-21 does not prohibit it. Did the Governor offer some hope on this issue? Assuming the legal issue is cleared up, 1) I'd like some indication that we have reformed our transportation spending before we collect new revenue to do "more of the same" (that is, what got us into the $19 billion in deferred maintenance hole in the first place). I don't see the creation of MassDOT as sufficient solution to the spending problem. 2) I'd like some guarantee that the tolls paid by drivers actually go toward maintenance and repair of the existing transportation system rather than funding expansion projects. If we can't maintain what we have, it's counterproductive to build more.
Phil November 24, 2012 at 06:10 PM
What is happening to all the taxes we are already paying for roads and bridges?

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